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Netherlands court orders halt to support for Israeli F-35 aircraft

By Arie Egozi

"This is a very bad joke," an Israeli senior source said about the ruling of a Netherlands court to order the Dutch government to stop sending F-35 parts to Israel.

 

The court ordered the Netherlands government to stop supplying U.S.-owned parts for Lockheed Martin F-35 combat aircraft, which are kept in a warehouse in Woensdrecht, within seven days.

The judges explained their ruling by saying that the delivery of the parts could link the Netherlands to war crimes during the war with Hamas in Gaza. Human rights organizations filed a suit against the Dutch government, which the court accepted.

 

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The Dutch government is against the court ruling and is trying to change it by an appeal to a higher court. While the decision creates a debate in the Netherlands, in Israel it is considered a bad joke. This is because the parts for the Israeli Air Force F-35 are supplied by the U.S. according to the contract with the administration in Washington, D.C.

“If the parts are not supplied from the American depot in the Netherlands, they will come directly from the U.S.,” a senior source said.

 

 

The Lockheed Martin spokesperson in Israel said that the company is working closely with the F-35 Joint Program Office to evaluate the impacts of the recent Dutch court ruling on the LM supply chain. “We stand ready to support the U.S. government and allies as needed.”

 

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